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Rothlin wins Tokyo marathon

World bronze medallist Victor Rothlin of Switzerland set his personal best time and a new meet record to win the Tokyo marathon on Sunday.

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Rothlin, who expects to compete in the Beijing Olympics, clocked two hours seven minutes 23 seconds to win the men's race, beating his previous best of 2:08:20 when winning the Zurich marathon last year.

It was also a new Tokyo marathon record beating Daniel Njenga of Kenya, who won here in 2:09:45 last year.

Japan's Arata Fujiwara came in second in 2:08:40, followed by last year's Hokkaido marathon winner Julius Gitahi of Kenya third in 2:08:57.

"What a great story. It's unbelievable. It's a dream come true. I was third last year in Osaka (world championships) and now coming back to Japan, a country of marathon running, to win Tokyo is unbelievable," said Rothlin.

"After this, the game starts again in Beijing. I have to do my best, I have to be ready for that. I think I'm on the right way to Beijing," he added.

Njenga, also the winner here in 2004, finished at 13th place in 2:14:11.

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